EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural ab·scis·sas, ab·scis·sae . [ab- sis-ee] /æbˈsɪs i/ . Mathematics (in plane Cartesian coordinates) the x-coordinate of a point: its distance from the y-axis measured parallel to the x-axis. Origin of abscissa 1690–1700;
(past participle of
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abscissa of such a curve is the reading of the instrument to be corrected.
To provide for such cases the curve is drawn as if it never touched the
A curve is thus obtained, the ordinate representing growth elongation and the
abscissa the time.
A Thermo-crescent Curve is thus obtained, the ordinate of which represents increment of growth, and the
abscissa, the time.
As the temperature is made to rise one degree per minute, the
abscissa also represents rise of temperature (Fig. 66). British Dictionary definitions for abscissa noun plural -scissas or -scissae ( -ˈsɪsiː) the horizontal or x -coordinate of a point in a two-dimensional system of Cartesian coordinates. It is the distance from the y -axis measured parallel to the x -axis Compare ordinate Word Origin for abscissa
C17: New Latin, originally
linea abscissa a cut-off line
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Word Origin and History for abscissa n.
1690s, from Latin
abscissa (linea) "(a line) cut off," from fem. past participle of abscindere "to cut off," from ab- "off, away" (see ab-) + scindere "to cut" (see shed (v.)).
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Plural abscissas abscissae ( ăb-sĭs) ′ē The distance of a point from the y-axis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the x-axis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 2 as its abscissa. Compare ordinate.
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